Sometimes my imagination gets me in trouble. I have fantasies about all the sewing I want to do for gifts, yet I forget about one key constraint: time. But I had a light-bulb moment recently: the solution to my problem is easy sewing patterns.
|A quick gift idea for little ones. (Tweedie
Owl Softie by Amy Struckmeyer, Stitch
I don't have to spend hours upon hours making crib quilts for every expectant-mother friend. It sounds like a simple, obvious idea, but it's one I'm still wrapping my head around. How can I not make crib quilts for all my friends' new babies?
The reality is, I haven't made quilts for every new baby born in the last few years, and I feel bad about that. Some of those friends are really good friends who should have been given a baby quilt.
But I'm done feeling guilty, and I'm done with my ideas of grandeur about all the baby quilts that are going to magically fly off my feed dogs. Because life gets in the way, and that's ok.
Instead, I'm simplifying by using quick and easy sewing patterns. Move over, crib quilts, I've got some new go-tos: Baby bibs! Blocks! Burp cloths! Softies! All are projects I can easily complete one or more of in an afternoon.
I feel liberated, because suddenly my gift giving to-do list doesn't seem so overwhelming. I'm excited by the idea of spending an hour or two sewing, and finishing projects in one sitting.
Keep your sewing quick and easy, and your sanity will thank you. Any handmade gift, even if it took one hour to make, is stitched with a special kind of love the recipient will appreciate.
Are you looking for some quick and easy sewing patterns? The Sew Daily Shop has plenty to peruse.
Do you tend to tackle large projects when sewing gifts, or have you figured out that keeping it simple is the way to go? I can't wait to hear.